US stress management programme helps Air Force

Airmen in the US are no strangers to anxiety.

According to a guide published by Forbes, enlisted military personnel have the most stressful job in the country.

But officials in the US have tried to combat the problems that this causes by starting an emotion management course that allows soldiers and airmen to get more of a grip on any negative anxiety that they are suffering with.

There have been a number of recent high profile cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the US military that some activists say shows not enough it being done to help personnel to overcome personal issues.

But the Family Advocacy Programme could be the solution to this and is being trialled at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

Rebecca Mayfield, an intervention specialist in the military, said: “We really want Airmen to have a good support network. We want them to have access to resources or people in the community that can give them the support they need.”

Similar programmes have already been put in place in the UK, where army officials say that PTSD levels match those of the civilian population.

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